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Meet some of our team



About Us

Award-winning Saturday school and Summer School teaching children to read and learn maths, including specialist courses in English for children. We have helped more than 3,000 children since we opened our doors in 1999. We have a 90% success rate in helping pupils gain entrance into leading selective schools. Our ethos is one of high expectations for and of our pupils —- for and of our staff — for and of ourself, as an organisation.

We aim to develop in children curiosity and courage to find/discover information for themselves, instead of 'spoon feeding'. This promotes independent learners who can go on to be leaders. Our tuition centres in North London and Hertfordshire use only research-based fun but effective teaching techniques. Teaching is REAL and LIVE. 

Although the backbone of the organisation is the programmes we run at our Saturday schools; Leaders are Readers also provide one to one tuition, recognising the value and place of both within supplementary education. We believe that the way we deliver our bespoke services is what singles us out:

  • We use only experienced tutors whom we fully train and that have had enhanced security and background checks
  • Our materials are specially written by experts in their field and regularly up-dated
  • Parents and pupils are given regular, constructive feed back and have access to tutors throughout the week.
  • We support our parents to enable them to help their child with homework, as appropriate.
  • Our small class sizes ensure children receive individual attention, meaning all pupils are engaged in learning.
  • Staff know their pupils individually, including their strengths and weaknesses so that support can be more specific to their needs.
  • Pupils are part of a learning community that offers opportunities to express their ideas and experience making a contribution to others, whilst also learning from tutors and peers alike.
  • Lessons are interactive.
  • Pupils are given regular pre- and post-programme assessments, providing ample practise and application of new learning.
  • All pupils get structured and regular homework which is marked with feedback to address individual needs and direct individual progress.
  • Children develop rigorous academic foundations in the subjects they study with us.
  • Our schools start lessons at 9am and finish by 1.30pm. Each programme is two hours long with comfort breaks.
The skills your child can acquire at Leaders are Readers are relevant to the dynamic and ever-changing world they are growing up in. We hope you and your child will enjoy our programmes. 

About the Tutors

Leaders are Readers only employ the brightest, most creative and professional staff. Find out more about the management and some of the tutors at the Winchmore Hill and Edgware centres.

Naheeda Syed

Manager – Winchmore Hill Centre

Naheeda is the Manager of the Winchmore Hill Centre. Having 3 children all under the age of 12, Naheeda enjoys working with young children and has a particularly keen interest in helping parents make the right choices for their children within an increasingly competitive and daunting educational climate.

Naheeda has an extensive working background within the field of education and has worked as a teacher and as a careers adviser in both schools and colleges. She obtained her Master's Degree at the London School of Economics and thereafter completed her teacher training qualification and later a careers advisory postgraduate diploma.

Esther Boateng

Reading Tutor and Pre 7+ Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

Esther has been teaching at Leaders are Readers for almost three years. Another high IQ individual, Esther started off as a tutor for the Reading Programme, but now teaches Maths and Language Sense to the pre 7+ classes, which she loves.

Esther is a gifted linguist and writer; she studied English and German at The University of Hertfordshire, before going on to complete a qualification in Journalism. She brings her creativity to each lesson and when she is not working as a freelance journalist or tutor, Esther loves nothing more than to get her yoga mat out or go street dancing. She is also a total film buff and shopaholic.

Julia Mandich

11+ Tutor – Edgware Centre

Julia has been with Leaders are Readers for almost two years and now tutors the 11+ classes. The students adore her. She studied Economics at The University of Manchester, and recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Law.

Julia's aim is to one day say that she has travelled all over the world; she loves visiting new countries and experiencing different cultures, travelling somewhere new every year. She also enjoys cooking and would love to own a cookery school for children one day.

Kaylita Chantiluke

Pre 11+ Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

Kaylita is one of our youngest and brightest tutors, and we are delighted to have her on board. She has been teaching the Pre 11+ class for almost two years, and brings a wealth of experience to the position. Kaylita is a qualified Medic from Oxford University and is currently studying for her PhD in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has taught Biology A-Level at a revision school for 3 years and mentors potential Oxbridge medicals.

Her guilty pleasures include shopping in excess, eating in excess and dancing like a maniac at the weekends. We think she deserves time to play after all her hard work during the week!

Liz Lambert

7+ and Year 2 Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

Liz tutors the 7+ groups at the Winchmore Hill centre. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English and French from The University of Nottingham, and got her first job at Penguin Books, where she has been promoting some of the world's biggest children's brands. If her students are lucky, she sometimes gives away Peter Rabbit and Peppa Pig stickers and bookmarks – but only if they've learnt their spellings!

Liz loves tutoring and spent a year teaching English to French students in Bordeaux. She is also quite an adventure junkie and in her six-month travelling trip last year went white water rafting, scuba diving, surfing, canyoning and glacier hiking!

OJ  Johnson-Sherlock

Year 4 and Year 5 Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

OJ teaches the pre-11+ class (year 4 and 5) Maths, Language Sense, VR and NVR.

She still recalls sitting practice papers fourteen years ago in VR and NVR when preparing for the 11+ to get into Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. With a 2:1 degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University, and an academic scholarship to bar school, OJ enjoys coaching her students in creative writing and mathematical reasoning.

Tutoring since she was about 13, OJ also currently tutors undergraduate law as well as mentoring people through the Oxbridge application process, including interview coaching. Yet she finds time to play netball at the weekends too!  See OJ's brief interview with the Guardian newspaper on the Oxford University diversity row and her article in the newspaper.

Tina Liu

Maths and Language Sense Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

Tina is the permanent cover tutor at the Winchmore Hill Centre. With an ACCA and a 2:1 degree from the University of Sussex, Tina has a passion for puzzles, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and everything brain taxing.

Tina's hobbies include reading, painting, playing the Wii as well as spending time with her young children who are 2- and 4-years old.

Peter Binks

11+ Tutor – Winchmore Hill Centre

We were thrilled to welcome Peter to our team last year. Peter is undertaking his PGCE to become a secondary school Biology teacher and we know that he will do a fabulous job. His background in Financial Recruitment makes him an excellent Maths tutor and confident communicator. He enjoys explaining how to do complex sums and encourages the children to stretch their brains as much as possible.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys training for triathlons. He recently completed his second Iron Man, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and a 26.2-mile run!